Baseboard Radiators And The Renovation Dilemma
This long-standing dilemma led to the development of the easy slip-on baseboard heater cover. When I conceived the idea back in 2007 it seemed more of an obvious solution than a clever idea. The back plate was already nailed to the wall and getting it off for easy replacement was clearly not going to happen. This was an inherent property of the original cover design. So why not leave it there and use it as a secure anchoring point I thought. All of the other bits were so flimsy and prone to falling apart that they would have to be abandoned. The copper/pex pipes and finned tube element were going to have to remain strictly off-limits as this part of the heater requires special skills to replace. Fortunately these functional parts rarely need to be replaced anyway, so they could be considered a non-issue for visual renovation purposes. The final piece of the puzzle was the varying geometries in existence today. Dozens of finned tube element manufacturers over several decades introduced their own designs, color options and brand names. What they seemed to agree on was maintaining a fairly consistent height and depth geometry. This was the key in designing the one size fits most architecture that Baseboarders has used since day one.
Easy slip-on Baseboarders are essentially the modern third option. They represent a solution that is super easy to install and yield the most attractive results. For most baseboard heater renovation projects in 2014 and beyond, Baseboarders have become and will likely remain as the standard go-to solution.